NHS contractors walk out

Vital hospital staff working to protect us all from the coronavirus pandemic are being denied proper pay and vital protective equipment.

Cleaners, porters and catering staff in London were forced to walk out in protest last week.

Tell services contractor ISS to treat coronavirus frontline workers fairly!

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Cleaners, porters and catering staff at Lewisham hospital in London had to walk out in protest last week to be paid and given protective clothing. In the middle of a pandemic!

Their employer, ISS, rakes in billions of dollars across the globe from services contracts with public bodies like the NHS and with other wealthy corporations.

ISS’s failures at that hospital are all over local news thanks to the courageous workers and their union -- but the issue is still not resolved, and the workers can’t take it anymore. And neither can we.

Tell ISS to pay its coronavirus frontline workers fairly - right now!

These workers are at the... frontline of the UK’s NHS protecting patients, medical teams, and the public from the spread of the coronavirus. It’s simply unfair.

According to Helen O’Connor, a GMB union organiser, for many of these workers missing just one pay cheque means not being able to pay the rent, or put food on their families’ tables.

We can change this. ISS’s annual shareholder meeting is on April 2, and so execs and investors are watching the company’s public reputation very carefully.

Tell ISS to pay at least the local living wage to all its healthcare workers around the world, and ensure that they have adequate personal protective equipment.

For the past 3 weeks, our community has been stepping up efforts to ease the devastation of Coronavirus, and push for a people-centred response from governments and corporations. Tens of thousands of SumOfUs members like you demanded that gig economy workers get paid sick leave -- and you’ve already made a difference: Uber, Lyft, Hermes, and now Amazon have announced they’re offering sick pay to drivers who’ve been diagnosed with coronavirus or placed into quarantine. It’s got a way to go, but it’s a start.

Now let’s make ISS treat vital hospital workers fairly.

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Thanks for all that you do,
Eoin, Sondhya and the team at SumOfUs

More information:

Lewisham cleaners still without pay one week on, GMB, 19 March 2020
Cleaners at London hospital walk out after contractor fails to pay wages, The Guardian, 14 March 2020
Cleaning staff walk out at NHS coronavirus hospital after private contractor fails to pay wages, Independent, 15 March 2020

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